Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Email How to Email a GIF Send that perfect ounce of happiness in GIF form by Brenna Miles Writer Brenna Miles is a technology writer with a B.A. in Business Management and HR Management. She's been writing about technology for 6+ years. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Brenna Miles Updated on January 31, 2019 Hero Images / Getty Images Email Yahoo! Mail Gmail Tweet Share Email There's no better way to lighten up that business email than by using an animated GIF. Gmail, Outlook, and Yahoo all allow you to email a GIF. Here's how. How to Email a GIF Using Gmail Before you get started, you'll need to find that perfect GIF to email. Once you do that, you're ready to get started using Gmail. Although GIFs viewed on the Gmail mobile app will be animated, you can't send GIFs using the mobile app. There are two main ways to insert a GIF into a Gmail. You can simply copy and paste the GIF's webpage link or you can upload a GIF from your computer. Upload a GIF To upload a GIF saved on your computer, simply select the Insert Photo icon, then select Upload. You can upload your GIF from here, inserting it into the body of your email. Copy and Paste GIF Link First, open Gmail, then select Compose. Next, find your desired GIF. Once located, you'll need the GIFs link to copy into Gmail. Most links will be called a GIF link. If you're stuck, notice the links that have media in the front of the URL. Copy your GIFs link. Return to your email and select the Insert Photo icon in the bottom toolbar. Then, select Web Address (URL). Paste your GIF link into the field. Gmail will show you an animated preview of your image. If everything looks good, select Insert. To resize your GIF, select the GIF and use the blue cursor to make it smaller or larger. Viola! Your GIF is ready to be sent. How to Send a GIF Using Outlook Sending a GIF through Outlook is quite similar to sending one through Gmail. To get started, open Outlook on your computer. Once Outlook is open, seelct New Email to start composing. In the top ribbon, select Pictures, then choose Picture from File. Find your GIF, then select Insert. GIFs entered into Outlook on the desktop will not animate. GIFs are not supported as of yet and will appear as static images. Your Outlook email is ready to send! How to Email a GIF Using Yahoo Mail Yahoo makes it incredibly easy to send GIFs using its built-in GIF tool. You can also drag and drop your favorite GIF using their in-line photo capabilities. Using Yahoo's GIF Tool To find a GIF using the Yahoo tool, open Yahoo mail, then select Compose to start a new email. In the bottom toolbar, select the GIF icon. Here, you'll find a collection of popular GIFs. You can choose from these popular GIFs or search for your own using the search field. Once you find the perfect GIF, select it to insert it into your email. There you have it! Your GIF is ready to be sent. Using Yahoo's Drag and Drop Feature Select Compose to start a new email. Find your GIF on your computer and drag and drop it into the body of the email. GIF not animated? Make sure it's a .gif file. That's it!